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Time to apply for free fall preschool and childcare

Posted Date: 2/06/24 (3:00 PM)

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It's time to apply for free preschool and childcare for this fall! Programs in our schools and in our area serve qualifying children who will still be younger than 5 years old by September 30. Apply for free early childhood education through our local Go2Grow website.

  • For children who will be 3 or 4 years old by September 30,  is where you can apply for free preschool at Charlottesville City Schools. Our preschool runs five days a week and helps children become kindergarten-ready through play and learning activities. With this one application, you can also apply for MACAA Head Start or other preschool programs.

  • For children as young as infants is also where you can apply for free early childhood education and child care

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More Information

Go2Grow programs are free for families that meet the eligibility requirements.

March 15 is the priority deadline for Charlottesville City Schools. 

Watch this story on NBC29 about Go2Grow (from last year).

Benefits of High-Quality Preschool and Early Childhood Programs

There are many benefits for children who participate in high-quality programs like the ones offered on Go2Grow:

  • Improved nutrition and health

  • Higher scores on math and reading achievement tests

  • Higher high school graduation rates and higher levels of schooling attained



Visit  or call 434-245-2797 or 434-245-2865.

Post your questions in the ParentSquare comments, or reach out to Ms. Sheila Sparks.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Sheila Sparks
Coordinator for Preschool and Family Support

(434) 531-5920--work cell
(434) 245-2619--fax

Charlottesville City Schools Preschool Program
Division Annex
1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville, VA  2290